The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act was approved by the House of Representatives.
It would establish a registry though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to collect information and develop a database on cancer incidences among firefighters.
Our Congresswoman, Claudia Tenney, is a cosponsor. In a statement she said analyzing this data may lead to new safety measures to better protect the safety of firefighters.
According to information provided by Rep. Tenney, although there is a network of existing state-based cancer registries, no centralized nation-wide registry currently exists. Through the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, the CDC will be able to track occupational information relevant to the health and safety of firefighters. Additionally, the bill gives the CDC the ability to work with experts in the field to further refine and advance these safety measures.
Studies have found that firefighters have a higher incidence of cancer due to service than other first responders. According to one estimate, nearly 60 percent of deaths among firefighters in the line-of-duty are caused by cancer.